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Abstract

Cardiology has long been considered as a man’s disease and the discipline has been developed with the male patient as the common standard. In the past 25 years, technical developments have revealed that distinct female patterns of ischemic heart disease and heart failure exist that require a different diagnostic and therapeutic approach compared to the male patient. Although our knowledge has enormously increased and cardiovascular disease in women is now number the number one cause of death worldwide, clinical implementation into a more gender sensitive approach of patients is hampered by resistance within the male-dominated cardiology community. This currently results in less optimal treatment of female cardiac patients. This paper will describe the historical perspective and look forward to the steps that that are needed to improve every day cardiology care for female patients.
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Keywords: cardiology; gender; heart disease women

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Prof. dr. A.H.E.M. Maas is cardioloog en hoogleraar aan de Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen. Zij bezet daar de leerstoel cardiologie voor vrouwen. In 2006 promoveerde ze op het proefschrift Breast arterial calcifications and heart disease risk in women.

Publication date: December 1, 2015

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  • Het Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies is het forum voor de wetenschappelijke problematisering van sekse in relatie tot andere vormen van discriminatie en uitsluiting zoals etniciteit, seksualiteit, klasse of leeftijd. Er worden artikelen in gepubliceerd over gendervraagstukken vanuit alle relevante disciplines die een wetenschappelijke bijdrage leveren aan debatten over gender en intersectionaliteit in Nederland en Vlaanderen. Het tijdschrift is een interdisciplinair medium op het kruispunt van maatschappij-, cultuur-, geestes-, gezondheids- en natuurwetenschappen. Het verschijnt vier keer per jaar en biedt wetenschappelijke artikelen en daarnaast ook interviews, boekrecensies, discussiedossiers en opiniërende artikelen in het Nederlands en Engels. Artikelen worden dubbelblind beoordeeld door externe deskundigen.

    The Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Journal of Gender Studies) is a Dutch language forum for the scientific problematisation of gender in relation to ethnicity, sexuality, class, and age. The journal aims to contribute to debates about gender and diversity in the Netherlands and Flanders. The journal is an interdisciplinary medium operating at the intersection of society, culture, the humanities, health and science. The editorial staff is open to articles about gender issues from different disciplines, and also accepts English articles. As well as publishing articles, the journal includes essays, columns (short topical and polemical articles), interviews, reviews, summaries of dissertations and conference reports. Articles are subjected to a double blind peer review process.
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